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A weekly review of the best new music from the staff of The Hartford Courant. Your hosts are Eric R. Danton, Courant Rock Critic, and Stephen Busemeyer, a Courant editor and CD reviewer. Guest commentary is brought to you by Eric Gershon, a Courant business reporter who has written about music for the Boston Phoenix and other publications; Babe Zero, a former Courant photo editor; Elizabeth Zuhl, a graphic designer at The Courant, and Regine Labossiere, a writer at The Courant who has unprin ...
 
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CBS Sports college basketball reporter Jon Rothstein called in to discuss his quarantine eating and viewing habits (4:00); the unconventional path he took to his current place in the sports media landscape (5:45); UConn’s momentum heading into the shutdown (13:00); the origins of his nickname for Dan Hurley (15:30); Hurley’s virtual recruiting prow…
 
Bridgeport native Chris Smith, the UConn men's basketball team's all-time leading scorer and a member of the 1989-90 Dream Season Huskies, called in to discuss getting recruited by Jim Calhoun and choosing to stay close to home, his memories of the Huskies' run to the Elite Eight and heartbreaking loss to Duke, the lessons he learned from Calhoun a…
 
Courant sports columnist Mike Anthony called in to discuss his latest column, in which he professed how much he misses and loves sports despite some reader feedback to the contrary. You’ll hear his thoughts on one of his most indelible sports writing memories — covering UConn’s 6-overtime thriller against rival Syracuse in the 2009 Big East Tournam…
 
The Courant's Alexa Philippou stops by to catch everybody up on a summer's worth of UConn women's news. You'll hear about how the various Huskies in the WNBA are faring, as well as her thoughts on the top storylines to watch now that all 11 members of the UConn women have arrived on campus for official team activities.…
 
The Courant's Dom Amore stopped by the podcast to break down the latest news and notes involving the UConn men. You'll hear his thoughts on 2021 commit Rahsool Diggins, Dan Hurley's success on the recruiting trail, the other Big East coaches' perception of the new kids on the block, the death of former Husky Stanley Robinson and more. The show wrap…
 
The Courant's Alexa Philippou passed the microphone to former Huskies Batouly Camara, Napheesa Collier, Crystal Dangerfield and Gabby Williams so they could share their thoughts on the profound moment the country is facing in the wake of George Floyd's death, how racism has personally affected them, their experiences speaking out against racial inj…
 
The Courant’s Dom Amore joined the UConn Insider podcast to break down what’s been a busy offseason for the UConn men despite the coronavirus pandemic. You’ll hear his thoughts on Dan Hurley’s virtual recruiting methods, Christian Vital’s legacy, early season ticket sales, the UConn football team’s new TV contract and more Husky-related topics befo…
 
The Courant’s Dom Amore caught up with former UConn baseball player John Andreoli on the latest episode of the UConn Insider podcast. You’ll hear Andreoli discuss the parallels between his professional life and the acting career of his wife, Cara Harvey; creative solutions to keeping sharp during the coronavirus shutdown; angling for a roster spot …
 
The Courant's Alexa Philippou caught up with former UConn star Katie Lou Samuelson and her sister Karlie, who were recently reunited when Katie Lou was traded to the Dallas Wings. You'll hear the Samuelson sisters discuss what it's been like living in quarantine in California (4:00); their earliest memories of playing together (5:40); the decision-…
 
Former UConn sharpshooter Rashad Anderson joined the UConn Insider podcast to discuss quarantine life in his hometown of Tampa, his post-playing career, his memories of the 2004 national championship season, playing for Jim Calhoun, the leg infection that hospitalized him for two weeks, the way his game would translate in today's NBA and much more.…
 
The Courant's Alexa Philippou caught up with former UConn women's basketball player Batouly Camara to discuss the ways in which she's keeping busy while quarantined (2:15); her upbringing as a child of immigrant parents from Guinea (4:45); her introduction to sports and why they've continued to resonate and play such a big role in her life (7:00); …
 
Former UConn offensive tackle and NFL draft hopeful Matt Peart joined The Courant's Dom Amore to discuss his mentality as he awaits his first professional assignment amid the unprecedented obstacles of the coronavirus pandemic (3:30); his experience at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. (4:15); turning heads with his performance at the NFL Combine in …
 
Adam Amin, the play-by-play voice of the women’s Final Four on ESPN, joined the show for a wide-ranging chat on April 6, one day after what would have been the national championship game. He discussed how he’s keeping busy during this unprecedented dearth of athletic events (3:00); where he was and what he was preparing to cover when coronavirus ne…
 
Connecticut’s defense industry will likely receive a sizable chunk of the $738 billion defense spending bill winding its way through Congress, and that means high-paying jobs.Reporter Stephen Singer talks helicopters, jet engines and submarines on the latest Capitol Watch podcast.By Hartford Courant
 
Highway tolls, restaurant workers’ wages and more could be voted on in a special session between now and the end of December, if Gov. Ned Lamont gets his way.Lamont wants to convene a special legislative session on four contentious issues, and he believes he can go four for four. Capitol bureau chief Christopher Keating weighs in on the latest podc…
 
The UConn women return from an extended break on Thursday and so do we. The Courant's Alexa Philippou stops by to break down the Huskies' 6-0 start. What's with the Huskies' short bench? How serious are the injuries to Crystal Dangerfield, Anna Makurat and Olivia Nelson-Ododa? Which statistics have staying power and which are more of a mirage? You'…
 
Should I leave Connecticut? Should I stay in Connecticut? It's the conversation that never quits.Arianna Basche wrote her own take on it for the Courant's opinion pages a few weeks ago. On this week's Capitol Watch podcast, Basche and opinion editor Leslie Cory dive deeper into Basche's decision to stay put (for now) and what that means for her lif…
 
October was anti-bullying month, but there's really no bad time to talk about the dangers of bullying.Stamford teacher Danielle Waring's life was forever changed by it. And when one of her tormentors later tried to apologize, Waring found it hard to forgive and forget.How would you respond?On the latest Capitol Watch podcast, opinion editor Leslie …
 
The Courant's Dom Amore and Alex Putterman stop by to break down two wildly different outings for the UConn men at Gampel Pavilion taking place in the span of four days. You'll hear about the big-game feel of the Huskies' upset win over Florida, the dud against St. Joseph's, Alterique Gilbert's shooting woes, Akok Akok's defense and what it means t…
 
Going home for the holidays is stressful, particularly in the Trump Era.The wine is flowing. Uncle Matt and aunt Trish are ginned up to pounce on every social media missive you’ve posted since the midterm elections. (Their posts frighten you.)Meanwhile, in the back of your mind, there’s the Big Announcement you’ve been meaning to spring on everyone…
 
Eco-anxiety is real.Harry Zehner, a junior at the University of Connecticut, feels the effects of climate-related dread every day. It's mixed with anger at older generations for what he perceives as complacency.If the number of environmental protests in recent months is any indication, he's not alone.Zehner sits down with Opinion editor Leslie Cory…
 
After a shaky start to the UConn women's basketball season, The Courant's Mike Anthony and Alexa Phillipou stopped by to break it all down. Can the Huskies get reliable production from anyone not named Christyn Williams, Crystal Dangerfield and Megan Walker? Will rebounding continue to be a problem? You'll hear the answers to those questions and mo…
 
Gov. Ned Lamont's revised transportation plan still relies on tolls for part of its funding. Not surprisingly, Republican lawmakers (and some Democrats) are still less than enthused about supporting it.Of course, there's lots more in there besides tolls -- fixing bridges and adding commuter rail cars, for example -- and most of the work would be fu…
 
Tuesday was Election Day.There are new mayors in New Haven and Middletown. Hartford, Bridgeport and Danbury reelected their mayors. All across the state, Dems flipped seats, Republicans flipped seats, and both sides rejoiced.Was there a Trump Factor? A generational divide? How to make sense of it all?Courant reporter Daniela Altimari recaps Electio…
 
Connecticut recently pledged $500,000 to boost participation in the 2020 Census. Philanthropic foundations, including the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, will tack on more than $900,000 in additional funding.“Today, this is not a question about whether Connecticut can afford to invest,” Melissa McCaw, Secretary of the Office of Policy and Ma…
 
In the life of a train commuter, what difference does 15 minutes make?Rosanna Karabetsos, a graduate of the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, is a Brooklynette -- a professional dancer for the Brooklyn Nets NBA basketball team. It’s a dream job.Still, she says, a faster train ride from Hartford to New York might have made her career goals attai…
 
The Mixmaster in Waterbury. The Hartford viaduct. I-95 in Stamford. Anyone who frequently drives on Connecticut highways knows these spots as the stuff of traffic nightmares.A 2019 study by the American Transportation Research Institute shows six Connecticut “chokepoints” ranking among the 100 worst in the entire country. How does Gov. Ned Lamont p…
 
All Connecticut residents, regardless of political affiliation, have one thing in common: death.When the fateful day comes (waaaay in the distant future, hopefully), some choose 'green' burials and cremation options that don't hurt the environment."It's a pretty popular concept," says Katie S. Gagnon, a board member at the Connecticut Green Burial …
 
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